I just received an announcement that the new SAT-7 Kids Channel will launch on Dec. 10th. This is great news! The children of the Middle East and northern Africa need the message of hope that this channel will bring. They are exposed to violence and hatred regularly in life and on television. For some examples of what they are exposed to, visit Palestinian Media Watch at http://www.pmw.org.il/. Click on the TV/Video Library to see some examples of clips directed at children.
Please pray for this new SAT-7 Kids channel. A great deal of work and long hours will go into this launch. Pray for the people of SAT-7. Pray for the children of this region.
Below is the text of the announcement from SAT-7:
Nicosia, Cyprus- One hundred million children under the age of 15 live in the Arab world and at least half have access to satellite television.* This huge population of young people represent the future of the region, one currently torn by conflict, hatred and a lack of hope. Children living in the midst of strife often turn to TV as a place of safety where they can escape. TV can provide hope, new ideas and a place where young viewers often open their hearts to Christ’s message.
“Our goal is to provide a safe place for children, where they can grow, learn more about the teachings of Christ, and see the fun and bright future that God can provide for them,” says Rita El Mounayer, SAT-7’s Director of Programming.
After more than a year and a half of planning, fundraising, and creating new programs, producers working on the SAT-7 KIDS channel are in the final stages of preparing for its first broadcast. SAT-7 KIDS will go live exactly one minute after midnight on December 9th, and will be available for Arab children to watch when they wake up on December 10th. “Our teams in Lebanon and Egypt have been working very hard for this day. They are extremely excited and anticipate a huge response,” adds Ms. El Mounayer.
Currently at least six other Arabic children’s channels are targeting this audience. Many of these purvey anti-Christian ideas and attitudes and some Arabic channels produce and broadcast violent programs for children, some of which glorify martyrdom, even by children themselves. SAT-7 KIDS is the first and only channel to make quality, locally made, Christian children’s programming available 24 hours a day.
SAT-7 CEO Terence Ascott says, “On SAT-7 KIDS, viewers will see wonderful programming for children which will include messages about love, forgiveness and turning the other cheek. We will be broadcasting cartoons, dramas, Bible stores, game shows and many kinds of programs that will attract children and help them learn about God’s love for them and how they can walk with the Lord.” SAT-7 KIDS will enable children to watch Arabic Christian programming any time that is convenient for them, across the five time zones in the Arab world. Mr. Ascott says that entire families in the Arab world will be impacted as many parents will also be drawn to sit with their kids and take in the positive messages broadcast on SAT‑7 KIDS.